James Harold Arp Sr., 86, a longtime resident of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.
He was a minister of the gospel, and was a faithful member of East Cleveland Baptist Church for over 52 years where he has been a deacon for 50 years. James served as the assistant pastor at East Cleveland Baptist Church for many years.
In his early years, James served his country in the United States Army. He was a very skilled woodworker and loved to build furniture with his hands.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Delvena Arp; father, Homer Garland; mother, Marie Arp; and son, David Arp.
Left behind to cherish his memory is his son, James Arp Jr.; and his very special friends, J.C. and Mary Sue Roderick, and Jan Wilson.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m., with the service to follow, all at East Cleveland Baptist Church.
The burial will follow the service on Sunday at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Murphy, N.C. Pastor Joe Lockman and Pastor Larry Chastain will be officiating the service.
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